Laminate flooring is a popular choice for many homeowners due to its durability and ease of maintenance. On average, you can expect laminate flooring to last between 15 to 25 years, but this can vary depending on several factors.

Here’s what you need to know.

Material Quality

The quality of the laminate flooring significantly impacts its durability. High-quality laminate can last longer than lower-grade options. Here are some things to consider.

Thickness

Laminate flooring thickness ranges from 6 mm to 12 mm. Generally speaking, the thicker the product, the sturdier it is.

Abrasion Class and Levels of Use Classification

Abrasion Class (EN 13329) indicate the durability of laminate flooring, ranging from AC1 to AC5. These ratings are internationally accepted and help consumers understand the suitability of laminate for specific applications. The higher the ratings, the more durable the material.

The Levels of Use (EN—685) Classification indicates in what areas and under which conditions laminate floors can be used.

Classes 21-23 mean that the flooring is fit for domestic use, ranging from moderate(21) to general(22) to heavy(23). Classes 31- 34 indicate that the flooring is suitable for commercial use, ranging from light to intensive.

AC1 to AC3 fall under Classes 21 to 23, meaning they are suitable for domestic use. AC4 corresponds to Class 32, and AC5 corresponds to Class 33.

Installation

Proper installation is crucial for maximising the lifespan of laminate flooring. We recommend professional installation for the best results.

If you’re installing it yourself, follow manufacturer guidelines. Incorrect installation can lead to premature wear and damage.

Here are some general guidelines for installation.

  • Ensure that the surface where the flooring will be installed is level, clean and dry.
  • Use the recommended underlay for the specific product.
  • Leave enough expansion gaps around the perimeter of the flooring to allow the natural expansion and contraction of the material.

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Maintenance

Regular maintenance plays a vital role in extending the life of your laminate floor. Here are some maintenance tips:

  • Sweep or vacuum regularly to remove dirt and debris and prevent scratches.
  • Use a damp (not wet) mop to clean the surface occasionally.
  • Wipe up spills promptly.
  • Use felt pads under furniture legs to prevent scratches.
  • Avoid using high heels or spiked shoes on the flooring

Foot Traffic

Areas with high foot traffic, such as hallways and living rooms, will likely see a shorter lifespan due to more frequent use.

Environmental Factors

Humidity levels can also affect the longevity of laminate flooring. Excessive moisture can lead to warping or bubbling. Address any leaks or humidity issues promptly to prevent damaging your flooring.

With proper care and maintenance, your laminate flooring can provide a beautiful and durable surface for many years. To maximise its lifespan, choose a high-quality laminate, maintain it regularly, and manage environmental factors effectively.

If you’re in the market for new flooring and are considering laminate, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more. Laminate flooring is an excellent and affordable alternative to timber flooring, featuring ultra-realistic designs and textures that mimic expensive timber species.

Our team of experts at your local Carpet One store is happy to answer any questions and help you choose the best laminate flooring for your needs.

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